SSM Health temporarily closing Baraboo urgent care facility, citing ‘extremely high patient volumes’

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BARABOO, Wis. — SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo is temporarily closing its urgent care due to “extremely high patient volumes.”

SSM Health said Monday the closure will begin Tuesday and will be re-evaluated at the end of December. Other locations are not affected, and the hospital’s emergency department will remain open 24/7.

People in the area who need urgent care services are being encouraged to go to SSM Health’s facility in Lake Delton. Having more patients with non-emergency needs head to the Lake Delton urgent care facility will allow the staff in Baraboo to focus on caring for those with more serious health issues.

“Like many other healthcare facilities, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Baraboo is experiencing extremely high patient volumes in our Emergency Department and Urgent Care,” SSM Health said in a news release.

The health system encouraged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu.

Last month, SSM Health suspended non-urgent medical procedures at its Monroe hospital, a move that remains in place until further notice, an SSM Health spokesperson said Monday evening.